The word kitsch often comes to mind when describing Taiwanese attempts at luxury, and this place is not an exception. That said, I must say it's the best kitsch I've seen on the island so far. The style is I think supposed to be Victorian, and there are touches that were pulled off nicely - for example, I really like the lobby with its huge floral centerpiece and fountain - and the indoor garden in a small building adjacent to the lobby was particularly nice.
The room was set up in the long-ways fashion I'm not partial to (the bed faces the side wall instead of the window), but the bathroom was spacious, with a good tub for bathing my daughter.
The indoor swimming pool is laned like at a gym, but there are water massagers at one end for people who just want to kick back. There is a huge hot-tub with a nice view of the coast, and best of all, they have a really large, shallow, heated kiddie pool. The hotel also has a pretty well-stocked kiddie room (plenty of books, blocks, balls, etc.)
The breakfast, Japanese and Western buffets were all very nice - the Western buffet is a better value than the Japanese one in our opinion.
Probably the main draw of the hotel, though, is the adjacent Far Glory Ocean Park. While I don't think a review of the hotel itself should strictly include that, I do definitely give that place a double thumbs-up for a fun family trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 381 various styles of guestrooms leaning against the hills and looking out to the ocean, Hualian Farglory Hotel had a capability to provide the best facilities for 1,000 guests simultaneously. Inside fo this intricately designed Victorian style palace, your senses will be brewing with joy every moment.The deep blue Pacific Ocean is the best facility in every guestroom, and the most attentive services are an indisputable fact, which makes the well laid-out modern facilities merely accessories. ... more less
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